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Old 10-02-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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does anyone know of a good steering dampner for a 2001 1200 bandit. i am tired of fighting head shake!
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You want to make the steering wetter? I'm assuming you meant damper. I think Scott's makes a unit for that bike, but I have to ask what you're doing that would cause headshake. Are you sure its not a problem with tires and/or bike setup?
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:41 AM   #3
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out of a corner, roll on the throttle, front tire comes up, just as it settles goes in to head shake.
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You want to make the steering wetter? I'm assuming you meant damper. I think Scott's makes a unit for that bike, but I have to ask what you're doing that would cause headshake. Are you sure its not a problem with tires and/or bike setup?
No need to be an Po-Po, it's a reasonable question.

Agent, I'm curious if you've had your suspension set up by Motorcycles Unlimited or one of the other shops. While a damper will reduce the shake you are experiencing, it could also be suspension or geometry related. For example, you could have a situation in which your rear ride height is too high / front is too low, or perhaps the front rebound is too stiff.

Patrick @ Motorcycles Unlimited or one of the suspension gurus like Keith Hertell in San Antonio can point you in the right direction. A $25.00 suspension set up is a lot cheaper than a 300 or 400 dollar damper.

Also, be sure that you aren't pulling on one or both of the bars/clipons as you exit the turn. That can also induce headshake in a bike.

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Like Curt and PoPo said, look into what else may be causing the problem. You can't go wrong having the suspension tuned for you, even if it doesn't attribute to your shake. Also, a damper is a good idea but, as was said, it isn't a cheap investment. I've ridden with Ohlins, GPR, and Scotts and thus far the Scotts has been my favorite. It was the simplest to adjust and looks good.
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curt and dvlracer i greatly appreciate your input in this matter coming from guys that actually race/trackdays means alot. the cost of the damper(corrected spelling) is trivial at this point, but i have not had my suspention set up for me and my level of riding, this is on the list of to do's, i just assumed that the aid of a mechanical device would be benifical.
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curt and dvlracer i greatly appreciate your input in this matter coming from guys that actually race/trackdays means alot. the cost of the damper(corrected spelling) is trivial at this point, but i have not had my suspention set up for me and my level of riding, this is on the list of to do's, i just assumed that the aid of a mechanical device would be benifical.
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Headshake only comes from 1 thing... Your frame is bent. Have you dropped the bike or knocked it over?

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Jk, yeah what curt said- go get your suspension tuned
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Get your suspension set 1st. It is only $25. Then if the problem persists get the damper. A damper/stabilizer can mask another problem with the bike, as Hooli alluded to. But If you are getting headshake from the front end coming up, it could be because when you are setting it down the front wheel is cocked to one side or the other, which is perfectly normal.
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Headshake only comes from 1 thing... Your frame is bent. Have you dropped the bike or knocked it over?

Got to replace the frame, sorry.

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replaced the frame twice now first time with pine and this last time with oak because it's not as flexable, but the stinking wood screws keep falling out any tips?
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replaced the frame twice now first time with pine and this last time with oak because it's not as flexable, but the stinking wood screws keep falling out any tips?
Oh snap! Red wood ftw!
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No need to be an Po-Po, it's a reasonable question.

Agent, I'm curious if you've had your suspension set up by Motorcycles Unlimited or one of the other shops. While a damper will reduce the shake you are experiencing, it could also be suspension or geometry related. For example, you could have a situation in which your rear ride height is too high / front is too low, or perhaps the front rebound is too stiff.

Patrick @ Motorcycles Unlimited or one of the suspension gurus like Keith Hertell in San Antonio can point you in the right direction. A $25.00 suspension set up is a lot cheaper than a 300 or 400 dollar damper.

Also, be sure that you aren't pulling on one or both of the bars/clipons as you exit the turn. That can also induce headshake in a bike.

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Wasn't being an , in fact, I said the same thing you did........just in a whole lot fewer words.
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stop holding the bars like a 18 year old . loosen the grip. it'll help the shakes.
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Yes, Po-Po, what you said there is being an .
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What makes your comment particularly humorous, Po-Po, is that Agent had the term correct... it is a Steering Damper.... not dampner. Check it.

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What makes your comment particularly humorous, Po-Po, is that Agent had the term correct... it is a Steering Damper.... not dampner. Check it.

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Uh...no. Both in the title and in the OP he has an 'n' in it.
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There we agree, it's a Steering Damper. Woo hoo!!
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I would recommend a GPR V4 dampener, they work great, but leak like stuck pigs....I just got my 2nd replacement back from GPR for leaks....Its the 3rd one.....Hopefully it lasts more then 1000 miles..

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